Oh, that’s right. There’s no direct translation.
But there is Ixcateco Grill, which means more or less the same thing. It opens tomorrow in Albany Park. (This slideshow is a slideshow.)
It’s a homey place with lime and tangerine walls and colorful paintings and images of Latin America hanging everywhere.
Still, you might glide right past it if you didn’t know better. Which would really hurt the chef’s feelings, considering he worked for Rick Bayless for more than 10 years before heading to Mixteco Grill for another two and knows something about how to make a good pasilla-tomatillo mezcal sauce for your carne asada. Good thing you now know better.
It’s BYOB, so bring a bottle of tequila. They’ll set you up with some margarita mix. And as long as you have the tequila, you may as well bring a fourth date who’ll be impressed by a mole sauce that takes two days to make and chicken carnitas served in their own little corn-masa canoe.
No, it’s not seaworthy.